THE CASTLE by Franz Kafka


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Kafka's great allegory (originally published, posthumously, in 1926) of a supposed surveyor adrift in a ""castle,"" which may be no more than a collection of random buildings, memorably expresses his distinctive vision of a formless and secretive world that frustrates our efforts to comprehend it. This compulsively readable new translation, based on a text ""restored"" from the author's original manuscript, labors to replace the standard English version (by Willa and Edwin Muir) that had ""tone[d] down Kafka's ominousness"" and ""normalized"" his deliberately eccentric syntax and punctuation. In either translation, The Castle is a major modern symbolist work, and it's good to have it in print once again.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1998
ISBN: 0805210393
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Schocken